This summer, Glasgow is the proud host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Held every four years since 1930, the Commonwealth Games are today the third-largest multi-sport competition in the world, just behind the Summer Olympics and the Asian Games. It is anticipated to be the largest sporting event ever held in Scotland’s history.
This year, over 6,500 athletes from 70 countries will compete in 17 different sports for two weeks beginning July 23rd. This international event involves athletes from Commonwealth of Nations, an association of 53 free and independent countries that spread out among all six inhabited continents. Currently, Queen Elizabeth II is the head of the Commonwealth.
Within the last couple of years, Glasgow has been gearing up for the games in various ways. Not only have they renovated their sporting venues and their city, but they have also held preliminary events throughout the city such as cycling and different marathons. Other sports to hold competitions include Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby Sevens, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Weightlifting and Wrestling.
The city of Glasgow couldn’t be more excited to welcome athletes, coaches and visitors to their city during this time. Of course, Team Scotland is hoping these games are their most successful yet. With their official mascot, Clyde by their side, we can’t wait to see how it all turns out!
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